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3.8
2,063 Ratings

Meek's Cutoff

Directed by Kelly Reichardt
United States, 2010
Drama, History, Western

Synopsis

The year is 1845, the earliest days of the Oregon Trail, and a wagon team of three families has hired the mountain man Stephen Meek to guide them over the Cascade Mountains. Claiming to know a short cut, Meek leads the group on an unmarked path across the high plain desert.

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Meek's Cutoff Directed by Kelly Reichardt
What really amazes me about Meek’s Cutoff are its stylistic and formal convictions, carried to the screen in an uncompromising way, albeit in a movie that’s highly agnostic about what it means to refuse compromise.
January 01, 2019
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The film remains anchored in uneasy human moods courtesy of the uniformly exceptional cast, including Reichardt’s muse Michelle Williams and a wild-haired Bruce Greenwood, but what lingers most is the sense of place. It conjures an inescapable ambiguity that all comes together in one of the greatest endings in the history of cinema, one that radically, hauntingly recontextualizes everything that came before.
March 15, 2017
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Meek’s Cutoff does not dwell upon the failings of the men as much as it champions the virtues of the women, so often forgotten or reduced to less flattering archetypes in the western. In this verisimilitudinous world, they are more than capable of taking the reins, as we see when Emily (Michelle Williams) proves herself a good shot with a rifle, but propriety prevents it.
June 01, 2016
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